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25 Mar 2003 03:04 #19 by Bill Hummel
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Dutch,

What a great project that you are undertaking! I wouldn't know where to start.

Actually, the way I started my project car was to reach for my wallet! My 1936 Cord Cabriolet is a conversion. Other than the engine and transmission, my Cord is original. I am working on getting my Cord cosmetically perfect. Then the real game begins! That is, removing the big block Olds 455 and installing an original non-supercharged Lycoming V-8. Then I will drop the Turbo Hydromatic 400 transmission and put in the original transaxle assembly.

Did you take the pictures for your website? How about the art work? Everything looks very nice. If you car comes out as nice as your Website, it will be a hit at a future ACD meet ....

We want to see more pictures at www.forevercord.com

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29 Mar 2003 21:42 #23 by Dutch Jacobs
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Errrr.....

(Considers being bashful about it, and then discards the whole idea)

It was done with a SONY Mavica, and Dreamweaver/Fireworks III.

I wish there had been better light, but stuff happens as we know...
(At least I didn't have to use a Kodak Brownie 126 - I remember those...)
(Has anyone noticed that I tend to be a "smart arse" at times? I thought somebody would...)

The plan proceeds, now that I have an entire (?) 3 days ashore to play with. -I am in the United States NAVY. And now that secret is out, so be it.

Tomorrow I hope to go and get the front end body parts to safety. Funny - but if I were to re-engine and trans the car I'd have thought a Toronado or Eldorado driveline would be easier to deal with. In picturing it though - no. Maybe not... The axles wouldn't line up.

But I have no such intentions in mind.

I have a somewhat clear idea of where I want to go with it - that it should be as close to the original as possible while yet sparing those original components that could not possibly survive daily use.

-Not that I would take it to work and back every day...

Christ! Think of the insurance premium!

But this is a lazy project so far - as I can, I will do what I can. And not lose those moments!

I came in the door willing to share, and that is exactly what I feel compelled to do.


CORDially


WKJ

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31 Mar 2003 02:58 #27 by Dutch Jacobs
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**BACKSPACE**

Eek!!! YIKES!

A Turbo 400? That kinda sorta spells rear-wheel drive, and that means the prior owner may have chopped some things out of the rear suspension to make it work out...

Have you looked under the back end? What's in it?

~Dutch

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31 Mar 2003 05:57 #40 by acdclubadmin
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Here is a picture of the underside of my car after it was steam-cleaned and undercoated:

http://www.hummel.com/readyforauburn/DSC00091.JPG

Note the tubular frame that the former owner added. It does two things. It provides a support for the GM (Rolls Royce!) transmission and second, it provides for a very stiff body.

Josh Malks told me that a lot of the open cars were plagued by flexing of the bodies .. to the point that car doors would occasionally fly open.

We think they took off the stub-frame and put in a sawed off frame from a 53 Cadillac. The design of the Cords made these 1970's conversions relatively easy to do. An ACD club member tells me that he has a stub-frame, Lycoming engine and transaxle feady for me whenever I am ready to "do the right thing" and convert it back to front-wheel drive.

You can check out lots of pictures of this car at: www.cordhaven.com in the pictures area.

Bill Hummel - Webmaster - ACD Club

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31 Mar 2003 22:26 #45 by Dutch Jacobs
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Yep - it's what I thought was done.



Removing the caddy frame parts is going to call for some metal replacement I think.

Another consideration is going to be where to get the correct rear
end parts once the differential and axle housing are off the car.

I'd suggest contacting the people who did this, to find out what happened
to the originals if you can. If they junked them, they must be insane!


~Dutch

PS: As we can all see - having the image posting options here will be a huge advantage!
There's nothing like being able to point right at what is being discussed, and say: "See? It looks like that..."[/b]

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01 Apr 2003 04:51 #49 by Bill Hummel
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Dutch Jacobs wrote: Yep - it's what I thought was done.

I'd suggest contacting the people who did this, to find out what happened
to the originals if you can. If they junked them, they must be insane!

That would be hard to do .. the previous owner has, shall we say, crossed over to the other side ....

The rear end is easy ... I think Glenn Pray has rear axles .... It's the stuff in front of the firewall that I am worried about.

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